India’s Space Industry eco-system – Challenges of innovations and incentives

Murthi, KR Sridhara and Rao, Mukund (2014) India’s Space Industry eco-system – Challenges of innovations and incentives. In: 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada, International Astronautical Federation.

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Abstract: India’s investments in space activities were mainly driven by the public policy and there had been steadily growing support for space technology developments and applications through investments by the government. Its space activities encompass diverse branches of space endeavours including space launches to applications to interplanetary scientific missions. As an integral strategy, the space industry development and promotion was pursued from the very early stages of development of India’s space programme till now mainly to derive support for the public funded programme and also for creating necessary social and economic impacts. India’s space industry role too had undergone an evolutionary process over the past three to four decades and certain epochs could be identified in tandem with the evolutionary phases in India’s space activities and also changes in economic and social environment. The entry of India’s private sector into services which are based on space systems for over a decade was a major turning point that opened both growth and extension of value chain by industry. Although certain policy initiatives for industry roles including in the fields of satellite communications and remote sensing data distribution and applications were taken up more than a decade ago, the dynamic changes in market environment, specific nature as well as new advances in space technologies coupled with the issues regarding the harmony of public and private sector roles require policy responses to invigorate the role of space industry. The opportunities and imperatives of domestic industries to relate to the global industry are also tempered by the policy environment, pointing to the need for periodically assessing gaps in policies and bridging these through a process involving all stake holders. The paper analyses the state of space industry in India, the impacts created by it and their potentials for future, and, in that context identifies diverse policy innovation issues which need to be addressed. The analysis is structured to deal with different segments of value chain and also new areas of infrastructure and applications such as positioning which were hitherto not addressed. The paper also suggests possible improvements in policies and processes for further development and sustenance of India’s space industry. A few cases of technology innovations by industry are indicated to highlight the environmental factors for innovation driven product/service development.
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Projects
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 10:18
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